Manchester United striker not on Celtic shortlist

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Neil Lennon has dismissed speculation linking Celtic with a bid for Federico Macheda, insisting that the Manchester United striker is not currently on his list of summer transfer targets.

Sky Sports reports how the Bhoys boss has identified a number of possible recruits, with an expected mass exodus at Celtic Park at the end of the season.

Georgios Samaras will be out of contract, while star players Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk have both been linked with a move to the Premier League, meaning Lennon is already considering his options when the transfer window reopens in June.

Earlier this week, Macheda's agent suggested that the Manchester United outcast had attracted interest in Scotland from Rangers and Celtic, with the 22-year-old expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of 2013/14.

Red Devils boss David Moyes has deemed the Italian surplus to requirements, and is willing to let him leave the club having already sent him on loan to the Championship this season.

However, Lennon has played down suggestions that Celtic could be a possible destination for Macheda, saying: "There is nothing in that story at all.

"We have been aware of his availability over previous transfer windows but have not pursued that. You never say never but it is just wild speculation at the minute.

"We have an extensive list of players that we are looking at with a view to bringing here in the summer. We are certainly looking at four or five positions.

"I am pretty sure that players will be leaving in the summer. I have no indication of how many but players will be leaving, I would imagine.

"Striker is always a priority position but at the minute we have very good players in that position: Leigh Griffiths is just in the door and is really settling in well.

"But if there is a quality striker out there that we can afford, and we feel can make us better, we will pursue it."

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